RICHMOND—Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe visited the Redskins training camp on this rainy Friday. He chatted with team owner Dan Snyder and with some of the players.
One player that McAuliffe spent several minutes with was Virginia native DeAngelo Hall. McAuliffe thought that the veteran cornerback could someday run for the job that he holds. “I encouraged him, some day he ought to run for governor,” McAuliffe said with a smile. “I only got one term, so I said, ‘go at it.’”
In a session with reporters, McAuliffe was asked about the team’s controversial name. “I have continuously said it’s not up a governor to tell a private business what to do with their business,” he said, saying that it is his job to grow the state economy.
Asked later if he could understand why the name Redskins might offend some, McAuliffe maintained his neutral position. “Sure,” he said. “Hey, listen, people are going to do the decisions they’re going to do. I come at this as the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
As have past governors, McAuliffe touted the Redskins as Virginia’s team. He pointed out that the team trains in the state, both for training camp and at Redskins Park in Loudoun County during season, and that all of the players and a majority of the season ticket holders live in Virginia.
“We sort of view the team as our team here in Virginia,” said McAuliffe.